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Feb. 6, 2007

Athletes of the Week

Star Allen, a sophomore forward on the women’s basketball team,turned in the first two double-doubles of her career in leading theBuckeyes to three wins last week. Allen led all players with 21points and 13 rebounds in the Buckeyes win at No. 10 Purdue Monday.She made 10-of-12 FG and pulled down six offensive boards againstthe Boilermakers. At Northwestern, Allen posted 19 points and acareer-best 15 boards. She again grabbed six offensive caroms andmade 8-of-11 FG tries. Allen closed the week with an 11-pointperformance against Iowa, going 4-for-6 from the floor. Distantrunner sophomore Jeff See won the mile (gold division) in apersonal-best time of 4:00.52, the second-best in Ohio Statehistory. His mile mark is an NCAA provisional qualifier and isranked the third best in the country this season. See’s time alsois the best time in the country this year for an underclassman andthe best time in the Big Ten this year in the mile.

Athletics Good Stuff

The women’s tennis team improved to 3-0 this spring with itsthird-consecutive shutout win, as the Buckeyes blanked WestVirginia, 3-0, last Friday in Morgantown, W.Va. The Buckeyes sweptthe singles matches and were 2-1 in doubles to earn the doublespoint. Ohio State hosts three matches this weekend at Jesse OwensWest Tennis Center. Friday, the Buckeyes will face Marquette at 3p.m. Sunday, Ohio State will go up against Virginia Tech at 10 a.m.and Miami (Ohio) at 6 p.m. The men’s basketball team won a pair ofroad games last week to improve to 20-3 overall and 8-1 in the BigTen. The Buckeyes won games at Purdue (78-60) and at Michigan State(63-54). Ohio State will play four of the next six games at homestarting with Michigan Tuesday (7 p.m./ESPN). Purdue comes to townfor a noon game Saturday. Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach, earnedhis seventh 20-win season and third at Ohio State with the win atMSU. He is the first Ohio State coach to win 20 or more games ineach of his first three seasons in Columbus. The No. 5/6 rankedwomen’s basketball team (21-1, 10-0 Big Ten) upped its winningstreak to 14 games and Big Ten run to 27 victories in a row withthree wins last week at No. 10 Purdue (64-55), at Northwestern(66-42) and vs. Iowa (85-49). The victory at Purdue gave theBuckeyes sole possession of first place in the league race. The winSunday over Iowa was Ohio State’s 26th in a row at home, which tiesthe longest home win streak in team history. Also against Iowa,Jessica Davenport pulled down her 1,000th career rebound. She isthe first player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 1,000rebounds and 300 blocked shots in a career.

This week, the Buckeyes travel to Minnesota Thursday and play at Illinois Sunday.

Wrestling pulled off two upsets over No. 19 Michigan State Feb.2 and No 10 Northwestern Feb. 4 to improve its overall record to8-4 and 4-1 in the Big Ten Conference. In the Buckeyes’ 19-14 winagainst the Spartans in their final home match of the season in St.John Arena, the Scarlet and Gray won six of 10 matches, including133-pounder T.J. Enright’s 4-2 overtime win against No. 1 NickSimmons, who came into the match with a 27-0 record. Wins by No. 16Lance Palmer (149) and No. 16 Chris Vondruska (165), who washonored during the pre-match senior ceremony, secured the victoryfor Ohio State.

Hosting the Wildcats at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, the Buckeyes earned an 18-16 win after trailing 16-15, thanks to J Jaggers’ 7-5 decision over James Kohlberg in the final bout at 141 pounds. Another crucial win for OSU came at 197 pounds when No. 7 J.D. Bergman upset second-ranked Mike Tamillow, 4-2. The win put the Buckeyes on top 12-10 after six matches. After losing the next two matches at 285 and 125 pounds, Enright pulled Ohio State within one after posting a 7-2 decision against Eric Metzler to set up the final and deciding match at 141 pounds. St. Edward alum Palmer and Johnstone helped the Buckeyes take an early 9-0 lead when Palmer recorded an 8-1 decision over Marty Gould and Jason Johnstone (157) pinned Dominic Marella in 58 seconds.

Ohio State returns to action Sunday when it travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face No. 21 Michigan at 2 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena.

The No. 3 ranked men’s tennis team beat No. 13 Florida State bya 7-0 score Sunday at the Jesse Owens West Recreation Center inColumbus. The win helped the Buckeyes extend their home win streakto 44-consecutive matches. Under head coach Ty Tucker, OSU hasopened the season with four-consecutive wins in four of his eightseasons with the most recent coming last season when the Buckeyesbegan the campaign 9-0. Ohio State has now won three out of sixmeetings between the schools, including the last two. OSU welcomesToledo to Columbus Wednesday before traveling to Knoxville, Tenn.to take on the University of Tennessee Friday. The No. 4 men’sgymnastics team (5-2 overall; 1-0 Big Ten) posted a season-high216.35 to best No. 10 Temple by 17.8 points at St. John ArenaSaturday. In the home opener, the Buckeyes scored Top 3 individualscores on all events but high bar. In the defeat, the squad notedTop 5 finishes on pommel horse, rings and parallel bars. SeniorGrant Osborne and junior DJ Bucher earned two event wins each atthe dual. Osborne scored event highs on floor (9.35) and pommelhorse (9.3). While Bucher tied teammate Kristopher Kline for firston rings (9.4) and scored a 9.5 to win parallel bars.

The coaching staff and eight Ohio State student-athletes will represent the men’s program at the 2007 Winter Cup Challenge to compete for seven open spots on the U.S. National team. In addition, former Buckeyes Blaine Wilson and Randy Monahan will also be competing at USA Gymnastics meet.

The 20th-ranked women’s gymnastics team hosts Air Force at 7p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes (4-4) are coming offthree consecutive road meets and are led by all-arounder juniorsKaylan Clevinger and Maalika Moore-Thomas, who rank fifth and 13th,respectively, in the Big Ten in the all-around. The 10th-rankedmen’s volleyball team split a pair of road matches last week,falling 3-1 (30-32, 31-29, 30-27, 30-26) to No. 7 Penn State anddefeating No. 15 St. Francis, 3-1 (30-26, 30-27, 24-30, 30-20) tostand 8-1 on the season. Dan Meske had a team-high 20 pointsagainst Penn State with Layne Dreven adding 16.5. Against St.Francis, Sam Stevens had a career-high 20.5 points with RobbieKlein adding 19.5.

The Buckeyes begin league play this Friday in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association when they travel to No. 5 IPFW (8-0, 3-0 MIVA) and play at Mercyhurst (0-7, 0-2) Saturday.

The men’s hockey team returns home to host Northern Michiganthis weekend in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Associationseries. The Buckeyes, who were swept last weekend at Ferris State,and Wildcats will meet at 8:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in ValueCity Arena. The game Friday will be televised live on CSTV. OhioState and Northern Michigan split a series in Marquette, Mich.,earlier this season. The Wildcats won the first game, 3-0, beforeOSU rebounded for a 4-2 victory in the finale. The 10th-rankedwomen’s hockey team completed a sweep of North Dakota at RalphEngelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. The victories give theBuckeyes seven-straight wins over the Fighting Sioux and noted thefifth sweep of an opponent this season. Ohio State improves to16-10-4 overall with an 11-9-4 record in the WCHA. Capitalizing ona 4-on-3 advantage, senior defenseman Amber Bowman knocked arebound from the right edge of the crease. The goal was Bowman’sseventh of the year. With her goal, Bowman increased her careerpoint total to 97. She needs just three points to become the firstOhio State blueliner to reach the 100-point milestone and also takethe top spot in career points by a defenseman.

Ohio State will continue its road swing next weekend with a series at No. 2 Wisconsin Feb. 9 and 11 in Madison, Wis. Games begin at 2:07 p.m. (CT) Friday and 11:07 a.m. Sunday at the Kohl Center.

The men’s lacrosse team opens the 2007 schedule with a homegame against Robert Morris at 2 p.m. Saturday. The matchup with theColonials is the first of six games in Columbus for the Buckeyesthis season. The squad will host Harvard Feb. 25, Bucknell March 3and Great Western Lacrosse League foes Quinnipiac March 31 andNotre Dame April 28 before wrapping up the regular season vs. ArmyMay 6. Synchronized swimming team tallied 93 points to win theJessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 3 in the Bill and Mae McCorkleAquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes won three of four routines in theevent that honored former OSU synchronized swimmer Jessica Beck,who died in 2005 in what would have been her senior year.

The Scarlet and Gray topped the solo, trio and team events, posting scores of 14, 30 and 34, respectively. Ohio State finished second in duet with 15 points.

Overall, William & Mary was second with 73 points, followed by Miami (50) and Ohio (42).

The combination of Ellen Hacker, Carmen Moraes and Caitlin Stewart notched a 93.500 to finish first. Classmates Barbara Nesbitt, Leah Pinette and Hannah Shively were second, scoring a 91.333. The duo of Hacker and Stewart were the lone OSU competitors in the duet, but they took the top spot with a 91.833. Nesbitt outpaced her nearest competitor by more than 10 points to win the solo competition with a 95.000.

The Buckeyes performed their first team routines of the year to wrap up the meet. The Scarlet team of Michelle Benzie, Jayme DeLancy, Hacker, Moraes, Nesbitt, Pinette, Shively and Stewart were first, scoring a 95.500.

Kaitlin Bolt, Erin DeMarco, Liz Derr, Rita Gillan, Jackie Mundy, Brooke Paul, Emilie Siemer and Kendra Sollars made up the Gray team that finished second with 91.167 points.

Ohio State will travel to Richmond, Va., Feb. 10 to compete against Richmond. The Buckeyes then will remain in the state of Virginia to take on William & Mary Feb. 11 in Williamsburg, Va.

The women’s track and field team finished the final day of theNew Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y., inside theArmory Fieldhouse. Ohio State was led in the Armory by sophomoreVeronica Jatsek, who won the weight throw, while senior Kim Willettied the Ohio State record with a winning mark of 11-11 3/4 in thepole vault in Akron, Ohio. Jatsek won the Armory weight with anNCAA provisional and season best mark of 65 feet, 4 inches. Hermark is the seventh best throw in the country this season. On theArmory track, senior Jenna Harris finished the event with a pair oftop 10 finishes, taking sixth in the 60-meter dash in 7.45 andadding an eighth-place time in the 200-meter dash in 23.97. Themen’s track and field team finished the final day of competitionSaturday at the Akron Invitational. The Buckeyes were led sophomoreJeff See and his winning time in the mile run. Fellow sophomoreBrandon Cathcart won the triple jump, while sophomore PatrickWhalen added a first-place finish in the shot put. See won the mile(gold division) in a personal-best time of 4:00.52, the second-bestin Ohio State history. Cathcart won the triple jump in the golddivision with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark or 51 feet, 0¼ inches. The softball team opens the 2007 season inTempe, Ariz., this weekend at the Kajikawa Classic hosted byArizona State. The Buckeyes will take on New Mexico and No. 1Arizona Friday, Cal State Northridge and Texas Tech Saturday beforefacing the hosts and fifth-ranked Sun Devils Sunday. Ohio Statereturns eight starters from its 2006 team that won 39 games andwent to the NCAA tournament. 11th-year head coach Linda Kalafatisis one of three Big Ten coaches with more than 600 wins. Thefencing team hosts the Ohio State Duals Saturday in French FieldHouse. The day-long event features 11 other teams from around theMidwest and marks the Buckeyes’ final collegiate tune-up beforetraveling to Notre Dame for the Midwest Fencing ConferenceChampionships March 3-4. The OSU men are ranked No. 2, while theOSU women check in at No. 6 in the nation. The pistol team shot a4,461 Saturday to defeat Purdue, in West Lafayette. TheBoilermakers scored a 3,569. OSU Judson Burns shot a personal best366 in air pistol to win that event while Teresa Meyer won freepistol (253), standard pistol (533) and sport pistol (568). BuckeyeRyan Devine finished second in both free pistol (252) and standardpistol (516). While Meyer was second in air pistol (364) and wonsport pistol (568).

The Buckeyes will host the Mid-West Sectionals on Feb. 16-17 in an attempt to qualify for the Collegiate Nationals, March 13-17 at the U.S. Military Academy/West Point at Highland Falls, N.Y.

The rifle team will host the NCAA Qualifier, Feb. 9-11, at theLt. Hugh W. Wylie Range in Converse Hall. The baseball team’sright-handed relief pitcher Rory Meister is among the 35 players toappear on the preseason watch list for the National CollegiateBaseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, givenannually to the top closer in Division I college baseball. Meister,a junior from Mansfield, Ohio, made 29 appearances last year forthe Buckeyes, all in relief. Meister, who also appeared on thepreseason watch list in 2006, finished 0-1 with six saves and a3.82 ERA in 33.0 innings. Meister has appeared in 55 games in histwo seasons as a Buckeye. Of Meister’s 10 career saves, eight havecome in Big Ten play. Five finalists will be released May 30, justprior to the beginning of NCAA regional play, while the winner willbe announced June 6, two days prior to the beginning of NCAA superregional action. The men’s golf team swings into spring actionFeb.10-11 at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. Thewomen’s golf team will compete in its first tournament of thespring season at the Northop Grumman Regional Challenge in PalosVerdes Estates, Calif. The No. 24 ranked team will host thethree-day, 54-hole tournament Feb. 13-14.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Feb. 6 – Feb. 14

Feb. 6
Men’s Basketball vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Feb. 7
Men’s Tennis vs. Toledo, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens West Recreation Center

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Minneapolis, Minn.

Feb. 8
Women’s Basketball at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Gymnastics at Winter Cup, All Day
Las Vegas, Nev.

Feb. 9
Softball vs. New Mexico, 1 p.m.
Tempe, Ariz.

Softball at Arizona, 5:30 p.m.
Tempe, Ariz.

Women’s Ice Hockey at Wisconsin, 2:07 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Women’s Tennis vs. Marquette, 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens West Recreation Center

Men’s Volleyball at IPFW, 7 p.m.
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Northern Michigan, 8:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Women’s Swimming at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Track at Penn State, All Day
State College, Pa.

Rifle at NCAA Qualifier, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Men’s Tennis at Tennessee, All Day
Knoxville, Tenn.

Feb. 10
Men’s Basketball vs. Purdue, 12:15 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Softball vs. Cal State Northridge, 11 a.m.
Tempe, Ariz.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Robert Morris, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
North Turf Field

Men’s Volleyball at Mercyhurst, 7 p.m.
Erie, Pa.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Air Force, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Northern Michigan, 8:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

Men’s Track at Penn State, All Day
State College, Pa.

Women’s Track at Penn State, All Day
State College, Pa.

Synchronized Swimming at Richmond, TBA
Richmond, Va.

Men’s Golf at Gator Invitational, All Day
Gainesville, Fla.

Rifle at NCAA Qualifier, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Fencing at Ohio State Duals, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
French Field House

Men’s Gymnastics at Winter Cup, All Day
Las Vegas, Nev.

Feb. 11
Women’s Basketball at Illinois, 3 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Tennis vs. Virginia Tech, 10 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens West Recreation Center

Women’s Ice Hockey at Wisconsin, 11:07 a.m.
Madison, Wis.

Wrestling at Michigan, 2 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Tennis vs. Miami, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens West Recreation Center

Rifle at NCAA Qualifier, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Men’s Golf at Gator Invitational, All Day
Gainesville, Fla.

Synchronized Swimming at William & Mary, TBA
Williamsburg, Va.

Feb. 12
Men’s Tennis vs. Kentucky, 6 p.m.
Wickertree Tennis and Fitness Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf vs. Northrop Grumman, All Day
Palos Verdes, Calif.

Feb. 13
Women’s Golf vs. Northrop Grumman, All Day
Palos Verdes, Calif.

Feb. 14
Men’s Basketball at Penn State, 7 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Women’s Golf vs. Northrop Grumman, All Day
Palos Verdes, Calif.